Charges of spousal abuse dogged the hamburger mogul
Critics have also cited the corporation's treatment of both its mid-level managers and store employees during Puzder's tenure as CEO.
During Puzder's tenure as CEO, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have faced more federal employment discrimination suits than any other major U.S. hamburger chain.
If confirmed, the fast-food executive is expected to oppose minimum wage increases and regulations aimed at worker safety.
Salaried workers making up to $47,476 annually must receive overtime for hours past 40 per week; prior salary cutoff was $23,660.
The unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage, the lowest since April 2008.